8 March 2017 By “The Price of Progress is Trouble: Leadership and Gender Headway”

Wednesday 8 March

Join Sarah Davies (WCLP’04), Laura Chisholm (WCLP’12) and Marion MacLeod (WCLP’96), together with CEO Richard Dent (WCLP’04) in a lively panel discussion to celebrate International Women’s Day, in partnership with The 100% Project.

Book your tickets now.

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5 October 2016 By Join WCLP'15 for a Williamson breakfast of networking and discussion on Gender Equality and Family Violence

Join WCLP'15 for a Williamson breakfast of networking and discussion on Gender Equality and Family Violence.

Hosted by WCLP'15 Community Leadership in Action Network.

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14 April 2016

Join us for an insightful conversation with HE Mr Mark Sawers, Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia.

By 2050, 37 per cent of the world’s children will be African, and more than 40 per cent of births will take place in Africa (Generation 2030 | Africa Report, Unicef).

What does this mean for Australia, now and in the future? How do we face the complex leadership challenges and the domestic implications which may arise from such a future? And what are the implications for African ethnic communities here in Australia?

Bring your questions and experiences to this intimate event with HE Mr Mark Sawers, Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia.

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21 October 2015 By Who will lead Australia into the future? And how? Dissect these pertinent questions and many more with Leadership Victoria, as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week.

What does it mean to be a leader in a brave new world?This interactive day of workshops will explore leadership in the digital age and leading through disruption, as well as the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity. The day will culminate in a quick-fire panel discussion: Are Australia’s leaders geared for future success?


Proudly part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 19 – 25 October 2015, presented by the City of Melbourne.

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21 October 2015 By Proudly part of Melbourne Knowlege Week presented by City of Melbourne

Are Australia’s leaders geared for future success?

A big question. Hear the bold answers from the perspectives of a renowned futurist, a leadership expert and government. Includes networking over drinks and canapés.

The panellists include:

Dr. Peter Ellyard, Chairman, PreferredFuturesInstitute and author of Designing2050

Dr. Peter Ellyard is Australia’s most prominent futurist. He is also a strategist, speaker and author. Peter is particularly known for his highly original, challenging and inspirational ideas on shaping the future, and for his motivational addresses on future-making.

Diana Renner, Author, Not Knowing, Director, Not Knowing Lab

Diana is Director of Not Knowing Lab, an international consulting practice focused on building the capability of organizations and individuals to successfully navigate uncertainty and complexity. She consults to senior executives in a range of commercial, government and community organizations around the world.

Featuring MC Kathy Bowlen, former ABC journalist and presenter, now consultant and media skills trainer.

Cost inc. GST:

Students: $30.00 Standard: $60.00Inc. drinks and canapés

Register now.

Wednesday 21 October5.30pm - 8.00pmTreasury Theatre MelbourneGround Floor, 1 Macarthur Street Melbourne VIC 3000

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11 June 2015 By Leadership Conference for Chairpersons, Boards, CEOs and Managers of NFPs

The NFP Board C21: A Brave New World conference joins Leadership Victoria’s stable of acclaimed NFP board leadership programs.

The two-day conference will utilise a series of interactive workshops and notable guest speakers to help experienced leaders from all corners of the NFP sector to lead their organisation into the future. Participants will be guided through topics including leading in the face of sector reform, positioning boards for sustainability, leading through change and dealing with funding instability.

View all conference details and the full line-up of speakers here or download a conference brochure.

Day one will start with a conversation setting the scene on the value and impact of NFPs and their Board leadership, and continue with a discussion of challenges for today’s NFP Boards and how they can be met. Other topics will include learnings from the corporate world, sector reform including for aged care, disability and health care, and the danger of risk aversion.

The second day will include discussion on the future of funding, leading through digital disruption, planning for an uncertain future and evaluation and measurement for boards. Participants will also have a chance to apply their learnings to real-life situations using the peer consultation method.

Local, accessible and insightful, this program will help established board members, CEOs and managers maximise the impact of their leadership, develop strategies that will most benefit their boards and lead their organisations confidently into the changing times ahead. Take away a new network of peers, in depth knowledge from outstanding NFP experts and tools to help you tackle the issues facing your NFP organisation.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July 2015Rydges Melbourne186 Exhibition StreetMelbourne VIC 3000

Tickets from $275 inc. GST, on sale now.

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15 April 2015

Social Venture Partners, in collaboration with Leadership Victoria, presents SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ESSENTIALS:THE PRESENT, THE FUTURE, THE MAGNIFICENT IMPACT.

Social enterprises are changing the world. They’re fast-growing, with sustainable impact. But how exactly do they benefit Australia? And how do they work? Can anyone start one? Do I have skills and experience to help get one going? Join SVP for this insightful once-only event: learn more about social enterprises, discuss progress with two of Australia’s masterfully experienced experts in the field, and take away practical ideas for a better world.

More info here.


When: May 7, 2015. 6:00 for 6:30 - 8:00 PM Light refreshments provided.Where: Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, MelbourneRoom: JJ Clark Room, Level OneThis event is free.

Places are strictly limited and early RSVP recommended. Book hereFor more information: Michael Vitale 0411 085 717 or Russell Broadbent 0404 049 677

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16 February 2015 By Monday 16 March 2015

Celebrating 25 years of exceptional leadership.

Where: The Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, MelbourneDate: Monday, 16 March 2015 Time: 6:30pm-10:30pm Dress code: Formal attire Three course dinner and drinks will be provided. Purchase tickets online here, or through your alumni year group contact by Friday 27 February. Further information or queries to or +61 3 9651 6590.

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3 February 2015 By Lance Fors, Global Ambassador, Social Venture Partners

Leadership, Venture Philanthropy, and Large-scale Impact Tuesday 3 February

5:30pm for 6:00pm until 8:00pm

Leadership Victoria

Old Treasury Building

Leadership Victoria alumni are cordially invited to attend a free event featuring Lance Fors, an expert on leadership for the philanthropic sector and a leading US venture philanthropist.  Lance is also an ambassador for the Social Venture Partners global network.

Lance Fors focuses on using disruptive innovations in human, financial, and intellectual capital to catalyse transformative change in individuals, organisations, networks, and larger systems. He has concurrently been the long-time board chair of the global network of Social Venture Partnerships (SVPs), the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), the New Teacher Center, Reading Partners, and Strive Together, helping each organisation transition from a start up to a leader in their field. Lance made a series of presentations and interviews in Melbourne in May 2013, including at the launch of SVP Melbourne.

The event is free and will include canapés and drinks. There will be ample time for questions and both formal and informal discussion.

This is a free event, but places are limited and registration is essential. Register here.

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17 October 2014

Nick Craig HBR 'From Purpose to Impact'
Nick Craig HBR 'From Purpose to Impact'

"Purpose is increasingly seen as the key to navigating the complex world we face today, where strategy is ever changing and few decisions are obviously right or wrong"

-Nick Craig, 'From Purpose to Impact', HBR, May 2014.

When Nick Craig wrote his Harvard Business Review article, 'From Purpose to Impact', he articulated something many experienced leaders know intuitively: having a grounded, specific reason for doing something energises leaders, making their contribution genuinely impactful. (To read the article, visit Nick's website here).

Purpose works as a counterbalance to the increased complexity of the modern world. Once, scientific management or charismatic leadership were thought the best ways to move people, trying to use force to control the world is no longer effective.

Uncovering leadership purpose is not an 'external' task: it is about discovering the things that matter to you and stepping through a process that articulates those into plans and action.

Nick is visiting Australia this spring, and is Leadership Victoria's special guest speaker and facilitator at a leadership development intensive and lunch at the RACV Club on 10 November.

Participants attending this special leadership intensive will have the opportunity to actively examine what it means to be authentic and to articulate their purpose, plans and next actions.


Monday 10 November, 12pm – 2.30pm Club Pavilion, Level 2, RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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Use this special leadership event as an opportunity to strengthen your leadership, build your networks and refresh your professional relationships.

Group packages are available - contact Jessica on 96516590 or

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14 October 2014 By Richard Dent

Lawyers.  Educators. Taxis. Media.  Are you next? You’re certainly on the list. Really? Yes.

Last week I had lunch with a prominent Melbourne lawyer.  The talk turned to modern complexities, and in particular the digital revolution.    He was bemoaning his profession’s tardiness in embracing the new reality: it’s a global world, digital will disrupt, and it’s “no longer about me”: professional esteem will have to adapt – and clients are much more empowered.

But such adaption is not limited to the law. The new world for education is already here: Massive Open Online Courses (also known as MOOCs) are disrupting traditional learning and organisations – and empowering hundreds of thousands who were previously excluded.

Meanwhile taxis are struggling to adapt to the new world of Uber: demolishing licence value but (Uber argues) empowering consumers with real choice.    

And of course the media is far from immune. Andrew Holden at The Age is an example of a leader at the frontline in such change.  He has to lead a massive transformation: information is free, how to make it pay? How to add value? How to keep the staff motivated, the shareholders happy, the advertisers engaged?

Andrew has had some crucible moments: none more so than his leadership on the ground during the Christchurch earthquake. Perhaps such a crisis - like those which regularly face Victoria - provides insights into facing network leadership, less hierarchy, the importance of community connections, and much more?  

In the context of complexity, is Andrew - and the rest of us - cursed or blessed to live in such interesting times? We are clearly in the midst of global revolution. Like the industrial revolution, many people will be much more empowered, but threats to us all are evident, and leadership adaptability will be key.

Leadership in the midst of a global revolution could hardly be more complex. Are you ready to be next? Leadership Victoria is hosting Andrew Holden, Editor-in-Chief of The Age Newspaper speaking on his experience of “Leading in Complex Times” on 23rd October.  Tickets here.

- Richard Dent OAM

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25 September 2014 By Nick Craig: Discovering Authentic Leadership

Nick Craig
Nick Craig


How do you lead with impact in a volatile, uncertain, chaotic, complex, and ambiguous world?

Why aren’t traditional leadership models working?

What does it mean to be an Authentic Leader?

Leadership Victoria, in conjunction with the Authentic Leadership Institute, presents Nick Craig, President of the Authentic Leadership Institute and co-author of 'Finding Your True North', in a powerful two-hour leadership intensive: Discovering Authentic Leadership.

An executive's most important role is to be a steward of the organization's purpose. To do that, the executive needs to know their own individual purpose, which is a key to exceptional performance and greater well being.

Based on his recent Harvard Business Review article, “From Purpose to Impact”, Nick will show how purpose is the key to navigating the constantly changing world around us.  A cornerstone of Authentic Leadership, purpose provides a platform for exceptional individual, team, and organizational performance.

Learn why defining your leadership purpose is perhaps the single most important developmental task you can undertake.

DetailsMonday 10 November, 12pm – 2.30pmClub Pavilion, Level 2, RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, MelbourneTickets: $120 (Includes: Intensive seminar with two-course lunch and beverages)

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Use this special leadership event as an opportunity to strengthen your leadership, build your networks and refresh your professional relationships.

Group packages available. Contact Jessica on 96516590 or

Download Nick’s HBR article: 'From Purpose to Impact' here or visit

From Purpose to Impact When leaders can articulate their purpose and find the courage to live it, it is a deeply transformative experience, and the key leaders need to navigate the increasingly complex world they find themselves in. In this interactive lunch seminar, Nick will lead participants through the research and theory of authentic and effective leadership in the twenty-first century, creating structured discussions with the potential to radically empower leaders and impact the performance of their organization.  This presentation will include: Overview of Authentic Leadership and its impact in organizations The influence of your personal strengths and leadership history Understanding Purpose: Begin uncovering your leadership Purpose About Nick Craig

Nick Craig

President, Authentic Leadership Institute Nick Craig is the President of the Authentic Leadership Institute (ALI), a leadership consulting firm committed to leaders and organizations discovering their deeper purpose and having the courage to live it. Nick’s insights and approach comes from over 25 years working with top teams, senior leadership programs, executive coaching and architecting results focused change initiatives. Nick is the co-author of “From Purpose to Impact” with Scott Snook in the May 2014 Harvard Business Review.  He co-authored 'Finding Your True North' with Bill George of Harvard Business School. His work in the area of leadership purpose has been used in corporate and academic settings, including GE, Unilever, and Wharton’s Advanced Management Program. Nick’s work as a Wharton Fellow is documented at Wharton@Work. His article 'Confidence is an Inside Job' is one of the most requested articles in the last five years. For additional insights into the work of Nick and the Authentic Leadership Institute, please refer to the HBS Case Unilever’s Paul Polman: Developing Global Leaders', May 2013.


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8 September 2014 By Leadership Victoria

Leadership Victoria presents Andrew Holden: ‘Leading Effectively in Complex, Changing Environments’

Depending on who you listen to we are either in a recovering economy or about to face further downturns; state elections are looming; and we constantly face the demand for greater productivity from less resources. One thing is certain- change is constant.

How is your industry and workplace changing?

How will you keep up with the relentless changes over the next 10 years?

One industry that has been forced to keep up with the relentless changes forced upon it by the digital revolution is the media. Their editors-in-chief are used to leading people in some of the most complex environments possible. This was demonstrated perfectly when a major earthquake struck Christchurch in February 2011. Whilst the ground was still shaking, buildings collapsing and operating from a shipping container he was still able to lead 'The Press' into a publishing a paper the next morning.

Andrew Holden, Editor-in-Chief, The Age, has first-hand experience in an industry forced to keep up with relentless changes through the digital revolution.

Join Andrew as he presents a compelling insight into the constantly changing world of daily news media. Thought-provoking and honest discussions in this interactive session will extend your thinking about what it takes to lead in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, how to make critical decisions in a sea of information and how to lead your people into an unknown future.

Book now and use this important breakfast networking event as an opportunity to develop and extend your vision and that of your key people. Places are limited so book now.


Thursday 23rd October 7am for 7:30 – 9am. 

Note: to enable the audience to gain maximum value from the event, Chatham House Rules will apply in this session.

Club Pavilion, Level 2 RACV City Club 501 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Bookings: here.

Full hot breakfast included.

This speaker event is the first in a new series from LV for Victoria’s Leadership Network, which will include speakers and topics on leadership that are timely, contemporary and relevant to Australian business and leadership.

Andrew Holden

Andrew Holden was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Age in July 2012. It meant a return to his home town, after spending a dozen years in New Zealand. Among his roles there, he was editor of The Press in Christchurch for four and a half years, which included the major earthquakes which devastated the city. Andrew has more than 30 years' experience in journalism, from daily newspapers to community titles and magazines in three countries.


Andrew is an alumnus of the Leadership Victoria Folio Community Leadership Program (2013).

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23 June 2014 By Join Dr Lisa Lahey and en expert panel to learn action-oriented ways to change gender leadership inequity in Australian businesses.

Join Dr Lisa Lahey from the prestigious Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education to learn action-oriented ways to change gender leadership inequity in Australian businesses.

At 3.5% of CEOs and 17.6% of Directors in the ASX200, female representation in Australian leadership positions remains disappointingly low. This combined with a significant gender pay gap, consistent over the past two decades, suggests that our efforts to address workplace gender equality have resulted in little change.  

Leadership Victoria and The 100% Project are bringing together an expert panel to discuss why increasing the number of women in senior leadership positions is proving difficult to achieve, what barriers exist around this issue and how you can take effective action to drive change.

Headlining the discussion will be Dr Lisa Lahey on the ‘Immunity to Change’ methodology, which helps individuals, work teams and organisations overcome resistance, convert good intention into action and drive real change. 

Not-for-Profit and Alumni: $45 (Inc GST) Standard: $55 (Inc GST) Concession (health care card): $20 (Inc GST) 

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Date: Monday 23rd June

Time: 6 for 6:30-8pm

Location: ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Tea and Coffee provided on arrival

Are you passionate about increasing the number of women in senior leadership positions? Do you feel we need more progress? Are you interested in how to progress change in your organisation? Then this panel event is for you!

The Panel:

Kathy Bowlen (MC): Head of Media and Communications – St Vincent’s Hospital

For 20 years Kathy was a working journalist, including roles as the host of ABC TV’s current affairs program Stateline, weekend news presenter, a former 7:30 Report journalist, national reporter with ABC TV News, and spent 2 years in the press gallery in Canberra.

Andrea Durrant: Executive General Manager – Melbourne Chamber of Commerce

Andrea Durrant has an extensive track record spanning 20 years in senior management, business turnarounds and consulting with internationally respected companies. Andrea has both public and private sector executive and director experience, and she is known for her collaborative approach and ability to create partnerships that work across sectors.

Experienced with boards, Andrea has worked and negotiated across all levels of business and government, on large commercial growth projects, in public-private partnerships and in system reform.  She has a professional interest in business growth and innovation, and gender diversity 

Dr Lisa Lahey: Research Director of the Change Leadership Group – Harvard University

Dr Lahey is the co-founder and senior consultant at Minds at Work. Lahey and her colleague Robert Kegan are credited with a breakthrough discovery of a hidden dynamic, the “immunity to change,” which impedes personal and organisational transformation.

Her work helps people to close the gap between their good intentions and behaviours. This work is now being used by executives, senior teams and individuals in business, governmental, and educational organisations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Nick Green OAM: Group Manager – Victorian Major Events Company

Nick has skills and experience in negotiation, people and stakeholder management, governance, finance and Government relations. He currently hold the positions of President, Chairman and Director of a number of organisations. Nick’s leadership qualities and values based working philosophy have been tried and tested on a global stage.

Nick has attended seven (7) Olympic Games and most recently was the Chef de Mission for the 2012 Australian Olympic Team. He has attended the Games as an athlete, broadcaster and team manager, firstly at Barcelona in 1992 as a member of the “Oarsome Foursome”.

Other events with Lisa Lahey:

How to Conduct the Immunity to Change Process: 3 Day Intensive - 23 June 2014 A three day intensive program to equip participants to lead others (from 1 person to 800) through the Immunity to Change Process

Level the Playing Field: Are we Immune to Change? - 26 June 2014 A full day Masterclass for participants to gain practical experience in applying the Immunity to Change methodology, for the purpose of overcoming resistance, converting good intention into action and driving real change in gender balanced leadership. For a limited time only, this Masterclass is being offered at a discounted rate for those who attended The 100% Project’s Level the Playing Field event in November 2013.

Immunity to Change: Transitioning Aged Care - 27 June 2014A full day Masterclass for participants from the Aged Care sector, using the Immunity to Change methodology to prepare for effective change in individuals, organisations and the sector

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3 June 2014 By Leadership Victoria Staff

Reading the impressive list of Dr Lisa Lahey’s accomplishments, you feel inspired. A Doctor of Education (Ed. D.), Harvard lecturer, Harvard faculty member, founder, creator and best-selling author, for 30 years she has specialised in identifying personal and organisational impediments to change.

Key to her approach is understanding that not being able to change doesn't mean we're lazy, stubborn, or weak. By working with individuals and groups to unpack and understand this insight, Dr Lahey has helped thousands of individuals and organisations break habits and effectively achieve their goals.

Dr Lahey has co-authored the “Immunity to Change” process, receiving widespread international recognition. Leadership Victoria and the 100% project are extremely excited, and extremely privileged, to bring Dr Lahey to Melbourne for a series of programs and events being held in June. We are making the most of her time with us and there are plenty of opportunities for you to hear her speak and be as inspired as we are.

First up, Dr Lahey will be presenting her co-created “Immunity to Change” process in a three day intensive course running from June 23-25, equipping participants with the tools to lead their own change-based workshops.  Participants will be guided through the principles and challenges of the Immunity to Change process, and receive practical coaching.

But that’s not all! From 26-27 June Dr Lahey will conduct two intensive masterclasses. The first masterclass will discuss instigating change around Gender Balanced Leadership in Australia while the second masterclass will discuss the looming challenges and huge change needed within the Aged Care sector.

Finally, Dr Lahey will also be hosting a panel of experts about the Immunity to Change of Gender Equality in Australia in a one-off event. This timely discussion pushes us to ask and answer, “Why is gender equity in Australia so difficult to achieve?”

This is a rare and unique opportunity to interact with one of the most widely regarded and well respected business consulting experts in the world.

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29 April 2014

Leadership Victoria in collaboration with the 100% Project are proud to bring Lisa Lahey, faculty member of Harvard University and co-creator of the Immunity to Change process, to Australia in June to work with individuals and organizations using the Immunity to Change process.

The Immunity to Change approach, developed by Harvard Graduate School of Education members Lisa Lahey and Robert Keegan, has helped thousands of individuals, work teams and organizations identify the real source of what has been preventing change, and guide them on a new path to overcoming their personal immunities to change and accomplishing it.

The Immunity-to-Change approach is specifically designed to help individuals, work teams, and organisations make necessary changes. Change that often stalls, despite the most thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions.   

To work with Lisa Lahey and learn how to apply the Immunity to Change process, we are offering a series of programs and events in June. Registrations are essential, and places are limited, so register early to secure your place.

Good intent, poor execution: Why is Gender Equality in Australia so difficult to achieve?

23 June: 6:30 - 8pm, ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

Join Dr Lisa Lahey and an expert panel to learn action-oriented ways to change gender leadership inequity in Australian businesses.

At 3.5% of CEOs and 17.6% of Directors in the ASX200, female representation in Australian leadership positions remains disappointingly low. This combined with a significant gender pay gap, consistent over the past two decades, suggests that our efforts to address workplace gender equality have resulted in little change.  

Leadership Victoria and The 100% Project are bringing together an expert panel to discuss why increasing the number of women in senior leadership positions is proving difficult to achieve, what barriers exist around this issue and how you can take effective action to drive change.

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How to Conduct the Immunity to Change Process: 3 Day Intensive

23 June – 25 June: 9am – 5pm, ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

Change often stalls despite the most thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions because of our personal “immunity to change”. The Immunity-to-Change process enables individuals, work teams, and organisations to identify and overcome the real source of what has been preventing change, guiding them on a new path to overcoming their immunity to change and accomplishing it.

This three day intensive program equips participants to lead others (from 1 person to 800) through the Immunity to Change Process.

Facilitator: Lisa Lahey, faculty member of Harvard University and co-creator of the Immunity to Change process

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Gender Balanced Leadership: Are we Immune to Change?

26th June: 9am – 5.30pm, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne

A full day Masterclass for participants committed to gender balanced leadership, using the Immunity to Change methodology to prepare for effective change in individuals, organisations. 

Many of us have implemented excellent strategies intended to influence gender balance in leadership.  Some of these are truly outstanding. However despite these great attempts, true commitment and good intentions the reality is that, all too often, gender balanced leadership does not occur.

While there continues to be focus and support to change the status quo, our progress has stalled.

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Immunity to Change: Transitioning Aged Care

27 June: 9am – 5pm, ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

The Aged Care sector is facing enormous change: consumer-directed care, workforce challenges, generational changes in consumer expectations, and much more.  Providers who can’t change won’t progress. In this Masterclass participants will understand and apply the Immunity to Change methodology to overcome resistance, convert good intention into action and drive real change. Participants will demonstrate leadership and help their organisations thrive.

A full day Masterclass for participants from the Aged Care sector, using the Immunity to Change methodology to prepare for effective change in individuals, organisations and the sector.

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26 September 2013

For those of you who were unable to attend the last Inspirational Women's lunch with the entertaining Beth Wilson we are pleased to have the video of the event on our website.

Click here to watch the full 20 minute presentation or for a four and half minute trailer click below.

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23 July 2013

Outside the Box is a collection of stories, a collage of moments. The production interweaves drama, music and puppetry to explore issues of homelessness and home. This production is in association with Servants Community Housing and will contribute to the funds needed to establish a new house in Kew for 25 residents.

Each performance puts out the mat and invites her audience to experience transforming moments and the stories if the 'everyman'. These stories ask us to come a little closer and consider our relationships: who is inside, what is outside and where are we?

Dates:    15 - 31 August

Time:   8pm (Thu to Sat) and 5pm Sun

Venue:   Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chappel Street, Prahan

Book: or 8290 7000

Please note Outside the Box contains some coarse language, suggested violence and adult themes

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20 March 2013

The Great Speakers
The Great Speakers

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is marked on March 8 every year and LV invited people to a morning tea to recognise the role of women in leadership.

The five speakers were Lynne Landy, founder of Greatconnections, Emma King, CEO of Early Learning Association Australia, Linda Mellors, Executive Director, Mercy Public Hospitals Inc, Kathryn Watt from Vanguard Investments and Janice van Reyk, Professional Director. Among the topics shared was how each of them have become successful leaders whilst juggling family commitments, the difference they make within a mainly female workforce as well as the ‘blokeness’ of the industries in which some had decided to pursue their careers and the challenges that this provided.

It was a great event and sparked many attendees' interest to the extent that LV plans to hold a series of events to explore the space of women’s leadership development. Keep an eye on the website for more details.

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26 February 2013

Join us for morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March at 10am.

There is no doubt Australia is home to many strong female leaders and attitudes about women have progressed in the last 50 years.

While remaining vigilant about progressing equality, International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the successes and achievements of some of Australia’s finest leaders.

To celebrate our leading women, LV is hosting a morning tea at the Old Treasury Building on International Women’s Day.

Please join us and high profile women leaders from our network for morning tea and table discussions about the challenges and achievements of female leaders in 2013.

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24 January 2013

On the 30th November 2012, Leadership Victoria participated in the City of Melbourne's Knowledge Week. The LV event, Leading Conversations: Changing Communications in the Leadership Landscape, was an interesting and in-depth conversation between the Honourable John Cain and Dr Meg Simons, hosted by Michael Short.  The topic canvassed leadership in a time of changing communication styles.

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24 January 2013

On the 9th November, alumni gathered in the Old Treasury Building for the final Alumni Lunch for 2012. Penny Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at the Victorian Council of Social Service, was the guest speaker. Penny spoke passionately about social issues and engaged guests in a stimulating discussion.

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24 January 2013

Mildura United group with David Williams - picture by Live Pixel
Mildura United group with David Williams - picture by Live Pixel

Through our Social Impact program, LV has had an ongoing relationship with the Mildura United Soccer Club, working to support disadvantaged indigenous children. A group from the 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program, working with the soccer club for their community project, has forged a partnership with the Melbourne Heart A-League Club and an affiliation with the Reagan Milstein Foundation, which donated reconditioned soccer boots, 50 soccer balls, ball pumps and bibs.

Thanks to the work of the Williamson group, last weekend twelve of the soccer players from the Mildura United Soccer Club were given the chance to play at the half-time break during the Melbourne Heart – Adelaide clash at AAMI Park. They were involved in a soccer clinic on St Kilda Beach run by Melbourne Heart players the next day and were treated to a free trip to Luna Park.

Click here to read the full stories in The Age and Sunraysia Daily.

Donations to the club can be made through the Reagan Milstein Foundation.

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5 December 2012

WCLP Graduates
WCLP Graduates

Around 400 graduates, alumni, Council, representatives from our partner organisations and other supporters joined us for our annual Presentation Dinner at the Grand Hyatt.

The night began with a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy, followed by a special presentation for LV’s Partners whose generosity has supported LV’s activities for 2012.

Our MC for the night, ABC radio personality Tonya Roberts (WCLP '03), introduced speakers including the Chair of LV’s Council, Garry Ringwood, and our keynote speaker Chef de Mission of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team, Nick Green OAM (WCLP '04).

Nick spoke about his experience as a leader in sport, both as an athlete and as the head of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team, emphasising the trust between teammates and “allowing others to lead”.    

Nick presented the 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program graduates with their certificates, and graduate Linda Mellors spoke on behalf of the 2012 group.

The evening included the presentation of our 2012 video entitled Leadership for the Future and a Social Impact video showcasing some of the work undertaken by LV's Skills Bank and Greatconnections volunteers.

LV Chief Executive Richard Dent launched the LV Foundation, established to receive tax deductible donations to progress our social impact and relief work and to provide leadership development opportunities to people unable to access them currently. He also announced the names of next year’s WCLP 2013 participants. 

You can view some photos from the night on LV’s Facebook page.

A digital copy is also available of LV’s Yearbook, launched at the Presentation Dinner.

Thanks to all those who attended the evening, especially to those who made a donation to the LV Foundation on the night. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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9 November 2012

London Olympics
London Olympics

You are invited to join Leadership Victoria, partners, distinguished guests and alumni at the annual Leadership Victoria Presentation Dinner. Be inspired by keynote speaker Nick Green OAM, Chef de Mission of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team.

Held at the Savoy Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Melbourne on Wednesday 28 November 2012, tickets can be purchased through Trybookings.

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7 November 2012 By Daisy Brooke, Alison Campbell, Zoe Cocks, Michael Dunn, Jordan Lewis, Victoria Reynolds

The Day Three focus of the October Igniting Leadership Program was on dealing with change and increasing self-awareness.

For Daisy, Zoe, Jordan, Alison, Michael and Victoria, Suzanne Loubris was a highlight of Day Three. She entertained the group with stories of growing up in South Africa and her many experiences training people in emotional intelligence. A key message from Suzanne was - emotionally intelligent leaders don't just react, they choose how they will respond to a situation.  

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24 July 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

West Africa is one of the most challenging parts of the world to be a woman.

Women and girls face extreme disadvantage in all facets of society yet Leadership Victoria (LV) recognises that strong female leaders can play a significant part in helping improve conditions for the whole community.

This is why, on 20 June, LV ran 'Strength through Networks', a customised leadership program that was part of the LEAD (Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development) program – a program run by the Queensland University of Technology and AusAID.

Seven West African women participated in the two week program that was based in Queensland which included a three-day component in Melbourne.

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23 July 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

Thai delegation participants and speakers
Thai delegation participants and speakers

On the 11th of July Leadership Victoria (LV) ran a highly successful day using the theme of 'Community Leadership' for workers in different sectors of the Thai government. The 16 participants were in Melbourne completing a leadership development program run by the University of Melbourne.

LV coordinated and ran one day of the two week program, which was held in the JJ Clark room in the Old Treasury Building.

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12 June 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

Moira Kelly
Moira Kelly

On Wednesday June 6 Leadership Victoria sparked a dialogue on why compassion is a beneficial quality for leaders.

The Compassionate Leader: in Conversation with Moira Kelly was held at LV’s JJ Clark room at the Old Treasury Building where participants heard from the impressive founder of the Children First Foundation.

Moira has been helping others less fortunate than herself since the age of 13. She has coordinated large-scale humanitarian projects, such as establishing welfare programs in Bosnia, starting a self-help program for Kalahair Bushmen in Botswana and setting up soup kitchens for the homeless in India – to name only a few of her endeavours.

Moira’s foundation was thrust into the media spotlight in 2009 due to the separation of Moira’s adopted conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna.

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12 April 2012 By By Conal Thwaite


Past Events

Upcoming Events


Citizen leadership is a powerful force creating change in our communities.

In a new program commencing in 2012 Leadership Victoria is hosting a number of events that identify best practice for leaders in the digitally inspired twenty-first century. In conjunction with a range of speakers drawn from our extensive network of practitioners, these events inspire leaders, drive change, create networks and impart the necessary skills for future leaders. 


New technologies have increased the speed of communications between citizens, who can often organise themselves and react faster than governments to create change. The Arab Spring and the global Occupy movement are two dramatic examples that have contested, and even toppled, governments. New software technologies have fundamentally altered the ways in which citizens can talk to each other, using text, audio, and video, through mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. New mobile hardware is blurring the lines between computers, phones, digital radio, television, and more. Communication is no longer one-to-one, but one-to-many, giving each of these platforms the potential to harness the capacity of millions, or, for the message to be lost in the ether. What is the nature of leadership in this new world, where anybody can become the next citizen leader?

At Leadership Victoria we believe leadership skills must be developed to meet the challenges of a technologically changed world. As awe-inspiring and overwhelming as the explosion in social media over the past five years has been, there is an old art of communication at the centre of this technological revolution. Where there is communication between engaged citizens there is a role for leadership. While citizen leadership utilising social media may be more fluid and less hierarchical than traditional leadership structures, events such as the London Riots remind us that not all forays into the new world of mass communications have been pleasant. Good leadership requires critical reflection and inspires as much in those it reaches out to. The Citizen Leadership program will consider the challenges, as well as the opportunities, leaders face in the new era.

The Citizen Leadership Project is generously supported by the Hugh Williamson Foundation.

Past Events

Inspire leaders - Leading Online: Masterclass

May 2012

During this first Masterclass, citizen-leader Emily Hehir in conjunction with CEO of the Australian branch of Nick Allardice, shared their knowledge of how to advocate for change at the grass-roots level through online forums. Mr Allardice, a social change advocate and entrepreneur, created and led high impact national campaigns. is an online forum in which people start their own petitions, potentially attracting hundreds of thousands to their cause. This program dealt with a range of situations which theorised how leaders can harness this kind of momentum for social change in the real world. We discussed the implications of open internet platforms and whether or not they are always positive for social movements, or a danger of reactive populism online? Emily and Chris discussed the challenges of online activism, facilitated by our Leader-in-Residence Chris Kotur.

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Drive Change - Disrupting the Hierarchy: Masterclass

June 2012

In 2009 the Environmental Protection Authority began an ambitious review of its decision-making structures. The result was a new leadership approach designed to utilise the specialised knowledge of the EPA’s highly skilled workforce by gaining more feedback from staff and listening to their suggestions. The Disrupting the Hierarchy masterclass, presented by Chairman of the EPA Cheryl Batagol, and CEO John Merritt will encapsulate a number of important and forward-thinking business and leadership tips to achieve a harmonious and progressing company culture. Cheryl and John shared their experience in this type of leadership style, which takes its cues from the bottom up.

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Create Networks - Leadership and Twitter: digital communication for online times: Masterclass

June 2012

Citizen leader, Sam Bell a global social network aficionado, facilitated this masterclass and provided guests with the most up-to-date knowledge about Twitter and business. The ‘hands-on’ workshop allowed participants to enter the world of tweeting and showed how you can use it to develop and extend your leadership capability. The masterclass provided skills for everyone, at all levels of media-savviness. Sam explored the latest international online trends with Twitter which provided an innovative insight to maximize the effectiveness of our tweets. 

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2013 Leadership in the Digital Age Symposium September 2013

This event brought together exceptional thinkers who took part in a discussion about the complex and compelling challenges in an increasingly dominated digital environment. 

Communications and engagement in social media are crucial in our new global reality. We are familiar with the advantages of using digital media and communication technologies to collaborate, exchange ideas, grow relationships, speed up search and disseminate information, access funding, obtain feedback and reach large numbers of people instantly. In this environment, leaders need to foster open and adaptive models of leadership.

Facilitated by Kathy Bowlen, National Media Manager: Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Former ABC Broadcaster, there were three speakers:

Luke Giuliani, Director Squareweave Emma Dawson,  Executive Director, Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, University of Melbourne Peter Williams, Chief Edge Officer, Centre for The Edge, Australia, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Watch the highlight video below.

Melbourne Knowledge Week Event Leading Conversations: Changing Communications in the Leadership Landscape November 2012

Leadership Victoria hosted a facilitated public conversation between The Honorable John Cain, former Premier of Victoria and Dr Margaret Simons, Director of the Centre of Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne. The discussion theorized the role of leadership in a time of changing communication styles. The event provided robust debate and an array of diverse opinions.

Mr Cain uses time-honoured methods of communication such as letter writing, face to face meetings and the telephone, while Dr Simons is renowned as an early adopter of social media and technology. Each leader discussed how they encounter or resist new media, and how their communication styles have evolved over time.

Guests enjoyed morning tea, networking and an opportunity to chat with our speakers following the event, which was held as part of the City of melbourne's "Melbourne Knowledge Week" program.

LV Webinar

Online Action - How to Drive Change with Luke Giuliani

August 2013

For LV's first ever webinar, Luke Giuliani, Director of web development consultancy Squareweave and online issues platform OurSay discussed leadership in the digital age.

Social Media is here to stay, and the goal of the webinar was to get people comfortable using social media and integrating it into their overall campaigns and strategies. Luke explored many areas including the new mindset of "just trying things", why more people should be doing it and why they don't.

If you missed this fascinating presentation from someone who has tried things and made them work, you can watch the video below (they have been split into three separate 10 minute segments).

Social Good in Business

New Leadership



October 2013

Melbourne Knowledge Week, Leadership Demands from a Networked Society


More and more people are operating in networked communities both socially and, increasingly, in the workplace.  As social media and technology are evolving, in a largely unregulated environment, leaders are grappling with the complexity these new forms of media present.  This workshop was facilitated by Chris Kotur, Leadership Victoria’s Leader-in-Residence, who used her expertise to explore how leaders can maximise networked knowledge and energy and adapt it to existing traditional workplace structures.   

November 2013

Becoming a digital leader

This full day program delved into the impact of the digital age on individuals, organisations and communities.  With speakers 'from the field’ describing how they have used digital media to leverage their work, participants gained valuable insights into the potential of digital media to enhance leadership.

Delivered with a robust facilitated framework, based on the Leadership Victoria leadership model, Becoming a Digital Leader combined facilitated sessions, guest contributions and stories from the field from current Digital Leaders, peer to peer learning and creative tasks.

Upcoming Events




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3 April 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

The first LV Alumni event of 2012, ‘Beyond Networking to Connecting’, was a fantastic night for all involved.

Building off the foundations of last year’s Alumni events which focused on creating networks, this year LV explored how to make your existing networks more meaningful. LV understands that good networks can be assets for life; particularly if the relationship has progressed to a deeper level of understanding and mutual respect.

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26 February 2012



Our first Alumni event for 2012 will feature Lynne Cazaly (WCLP 2002) as MC focusing on a subject vital to our work at LV – connecting people together meaningfully.

Gather together your year group and join LV staff members and selected partners for food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere to welcome the new WCLP participants to their exciting year ahead, catch up with old friends and learn more from our dynamic MC about this important topic.

Also don’t miss your chance to hear from LV’s newly appointed Executive Director Richard Dent who will share his vision for LV’s future.

Date: 28 March 2012 Venue: The Cube, ACMI Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm Cost: this is a free event Cocktail food and drinks supplied

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. We're at the venue's capacity so unfortunately we can no longer take bookings for this event. Stay tuned for more details of the next Alumni event on 6th June.

For any enquiries, please contact Vicki Elliott on or 03 96516552.

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5 December 2011

Simon McKeon
Simon McKeon

Simon McKeon is the 2011 Australian of the Year.

At LV’s Presentation Dinner on 29th November 2011, Simon spoke about linking the business and philanthropy and the importance of cross sector partnerships in building a better Australia for all.  He also shared a moving story about his recent trip to visit indigenous communities in Central Australia.


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5 December 2011

LV’s 2011 Foresight Forum was another important opportunity for LV to do some more of what it does best – use its unique vantage point to bring together clever thinkers from across all sectors to explore the big issues facing leaders.

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30 November -0001

As Australia’s 2012 Olympic Team Chef de Mission, Nick Green OAM has become a seasoned leader on the world stage, facing some of the most high-profile and challenging leadership issues imaginable.

A member of the elite “Oarsome Foursome”, Nick is a dual Olympic gold medallist, a multiple-time World Champion, and an IOC flag-bearer at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.  

Fresh from London following his successful role as Chef de Mission of Australia's 2012 Olympic Team, Nick will share with us the insights he has gained into community leadership through his own journey.

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